Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cyber and national security. He is based in New York newsroom, and is also found on sister-sites CNET and CBS News. You can reach him with his PGP key: EB6CEEA5.

Charlie Osborne

Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charlie currently works as a journalist and photographer -- with the occasional design piece -- and writes for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has particular interests in social media, IP law, social engineering and security.

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Zero-day #5: Beware of (unexpected) Excel files

Zero-day #5: Beware of (unexpected) Excel files

Microsoft late Friday warned users to be on the lookout for Excel files that arrive unexpectedly -- even if they come from a co-worker's e-mail address.In an advisory, Microsoft confirmed a new wave of limited "zero-day" attacks was underway, using a code execution flaw in its Microsoft Office desktop productivity suite.

February 2, 2007 by in Microsoft

Super Bowl stadium site hacked, seeded with exploits

Super Bowl stadium site hacked, seeded with exploits

The official Web site of Dolphin Stadium, home of Sunday's Super Bowl XLI, has been hacked and seeded with exploit code targeting two known Windows security flaws. In the attack, which was discovered by malware hunters at Websense Security Labs, the server hosting the site was breached and a link to a malicious JavaScript file was inserted into the header of the front page of the site.

February 2, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Vista voice exploit - cry wolf?

Vista voice exploit - cry wolf?

Thierry Zoller, a security consultant at n.runs AG (one of the outside companies that did pen-testing on Windows Vista), argues that George Ou’s Vista speech command exploit is borderline cry-wolf.

February 1, 2007 by in Windows

U.S. government's cyber security grade: D

U.S. government's cyber security grade: D

The Cyber Security Industry Alliance has slapped three 'D' grades on the U.S. government's ability to secure sensitive data, strengthen the resiliency of critical infrastructure and protect the integrity of federal information.

February 1, 2007 by in Security

Month of Apple bugs hacker signs off

Month of Apple bugs hacker signs off

The controversial MOAB (Month of Apple Bugs) project crossed the finish line today with a cryptic "coming soon" note, a promise to release an exploit for a remote kernel vulnerability and a vow from one of the organizers to stop publicizing his flaw findings."My time disclosing exploits is over," said L.

January 31, 2007 by in Security

A fifth MS Word zero-day?

A fifth MS Word zero-day?

Virus trackers at Symantec have raised an alert for what is believed to be a fifth unpatched -- and previously unknown -- security flaw affecting Microsoft Word.

January 30, 2007 by in Security

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